2015 Opening Day at Saratoga

Some of the best racing in American starts this Friday at Saratoga.  The Spa hosts amazing graded stakes races throughout the meet and very competitive fields.  There are many things to watch this summer at Saratoga.  First, American Pharoah in the Travers.  If all goes well, the Triple Crown winner will make his start after the Haskell at the Spa.  Second, Cocked and Loaded.  This son of Colonel John currently tops my 2yo rankings and will be starting in the Sanford Stakes.  Third, Wise Dan.  Currently, Wise Dan is slated to make his next start at Saratoga, possibly in the Bernard Baruch.  Fourth, 3yo fillies.  Currently the 3yo filly division is in absolute flux but with the Diana, C.C. American Oaks, Personal Ensign, as well as many other races for fillies, this division could start stepping up and someone can come out of the Spa as the top 3yo filly.  Finally, George Weaver on the turf.  This trainer just doesn’t get enough recognition.  George Weaver is a very good trainer throughout the year, but when it comes to Saratoga, he heats up.  Watch out for Weaver horses on the turf at the Spa.  He doesn’t have a large stable but he hits at a high rate.  Of course, in honor of opening day, here are my opening day top selections:

  • Race 1: 2- Groupthink
  • Race 2: 3- Night Madam
  • Race 3: 1-Dacoma
  • Race 4: 4- Off the Tracks
  • Race 5: 8- Jennys Creek
  • Race 6: 5- Welcoming
  • Race 7: 12- Trophee
  • Race 8: 6-Doc Almon
  • Race 9: 10-Feathered
  • Race 10: 13- Swagner

Good Luck opening day, as well as the whole Saratoga meet.

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2015 Opening Day at Del Mar Selections

July brings in two of the best meets in racing, Del Mar and Saratoga.  Today is Opening Day at Del Mar and next week Opening Day at Saratoga.  For today, and every day of the Del Mar meet, I will have selections for you, which you can find under the Daily Selections tab.  For today, here are my full card selections:

  • Del Mar: 7/16/15
    • Race 1: 7-9-12
    • Race 2: 2-6-12
    • Race 3: 11-8-3
    • Race 4: 3-5-4
    • Race 5: 5-7-6
    • Race 6: 3-4-9
    • Race 7: 8-7-6
    • Race 8: 10-9-11
    • Race 9: 7-2-9
    • Race 10: 2-6-3
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New Feature on Horse Racing Station

Starting today, there will be daily selections from tracks across the country: Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Del Mar, Los Alamitos TB, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga.  See the Daily Selections tab to see my picks.  More tracks will be added later this year including Keeneland, Arlington Park, Mountaineer, Woodbine, and Gulfstream Park.

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Los Alamitos TB Picks 7/10/15

Only a few more days left of Los Alamitos before Southern California racing shifts to Del Mar.  Here are my selections for the thoroughbred racing as well as the nighttime quarter horse racing.  Also, check out my speed figures for tonights racing from the Meadowlands (special post, 5:30pm est).  They are available in the Pure Speed Figures tab.

  • Thoroughbred:
    • Race 1: Papa Frank
    • Race 2: Cleverly Beverly
    • Race 3: Warrenspoweroflove
    • Race 4: Rocko’s Wheel
    • Race 5: Lazy Daisy May
    • Race 6: Favorably
    • Race 7: Atta’ Boy Woody
    • Race 8: Blame It On Tekela
  • Quarter Horse:
    • Race 1: Warren’s Vanwinkle
    • Race 2: Missy Marini
    • Race 3: Time for Jess
    • Race 4: On the Move
    • Race 5: Ojos de Toro Loco
    • Race 6: Foremost
    • Race 7: Yess
    • Race 8: Walk West
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Los Alamitos TB Picks 7/9/15

Week Two (and Closing Weekend) of Los Alamitos Thoroughbred.  Here are my Selections.

  • Thoroughbred:
    • Race 1: Cook Inlet
    • Race 2: Minster’sadventure
    • Race 3: Desert Willow
    • Race 4: Oh Mercy Me
    • Race 5: Da Jenius
    • Race 6: Love de Car
    • Race 7: My Slew
    • Race 8: Tiz All That
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Los Alamitos TB Picks 7/5/15

Yesterday at Los Al, we saw Gimme Da Lute capture the Los Alamitos Derby.  Today, we have a 9 race card.  Below are my selections for the thoroughbred races as well as bonus selections for the nighttime quarter horse races.

  • Thoroughbred:
    • Race 1: Moonlight Meeting
    • Race 2: Little Emma
    • Race 3: Sheza Eyeopener
    • Race 4: Warren Goldnugget
    • Race 5: Bandido Too
    • Race 6: Sir Barclay
    • Race 7: Mr T Quick
    • Race 8: Grand Yodeler
    • Race 9: Ride the Shark
  • Quarter Horse:
    • Race 1: Elusive Mistress
    • Race 2: Iconic Vin
    • Race 3: Raggin Wood
    • Race 4: J B Perry
    • Race 5: Back At You
    • Race 6: Oink
    • Race 7: One Sweet Dove
    • Race 8: Sinister Plot
    • Race 9: Moonist/Last to Fire (Exacta Box)
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Fourth Of July 2015 Stakes Picks

HRS Summer Series

It’s Fourth of July and that means its the Stars and Stripes Festival at Belmont Park!  I’ve looked at all the races as well as some of the other stakes races around the country to prepare you for the big day!

  • Los Alamitos:
    • Los Alamitos Derby: While I look at Kentuckian as a very tough horse to get past, Pain and Misery was very impressive in his runner up finish in the Pat Day Mile. He then went on to win the Charles Taylor Derby at Albuquerque as his prep for this race.  He also has a third place finish behind Firing Line in the Sunland Park Derby.  Very live and can be at a price.
  • Belmont Park:
    • Victory Ride: In the Acorn, Promise Me Silver just went way to fast early to keep the lead in a pretty competitive race.  With this step down in class, Promise Me Silver should get a nice run and coast away in style to open up the Belmont Park stakes card.
    • Dwyer: One 3yo that I’ve been keeping my eye on this year is Blofeld.  Winner of the Futurity at Belmont and the Nashua at Aqueduct, this Todd Pletcher trainee is three for three at New York and I doubt that Blofeld will lose in this spot with John Velazquez aboard.
    • Belmont Derby: While I am excited for this race, it isn’t the most impressive of Belmont Derbys.  I lean towards Startup Nation, a lightly raced 3yo.  Chad Brown is tough to stop on the turf at Belmont and Startup Nation should relish the distance.
    • Suburban Handicap: Tonalist is hard to stop at Belmont Park, but I know one horse that can.  Coach Inge was very impressive on Belmont Stakes Day in the Brooklyn and looks like this spot will be nice.
    • Belmont Oaks: Aidan O’Brien doesn’t send too many horses across the pond but the Boys of Ballydoyle have a live runner in Outstanding, a full sister to Magician, who really came alive as a 3yo.  Outstanding won the Naas Oaks Trial last week and is in prime form.  O’Brien doesn’t bring over a horse unless he knows that he will win.  Colm O’Donoghue gets the call (50% in the money in the US over his career) on a horse who’s odds can easily rise.  I respect Lady Eli and Spanish Queen, but Outstanding seems to fit here.
    • Belmont Sprint: Before the scratches, I liked Bay of Plenty on the rail, but with him and The Big Beast out of the race, Private Zone is just too good.
  • Pocono Downs:
    • Sun Invitational: Today is a day I’ve been waiting for over the past few weeks.  Not because of the thoroughbred stakes but because of the harness races.  My favorite trotter Sebastian K makes his 2015 debut for Ake Svanstedt here and is much the best in this field.  Gural Hanover is a horse that has a chance to upset the field though, going 1:51.3 in his qualifier.
    • James M. Lynch: Yannick Gingras gets the call to drive for Ron Burke on Sassa Hanover, a very quick pacer.  Tough to get past this favorite here.
    • Max Hempt: Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover come out of the Pepsi North American Cup two weeks ago.  Wakizashi Hanover was much the best and while Wiggle It Jiggleit may be the best horse in this field, but the small track of Pocono might not be the best fit for him.
    • Ben Franklin: Having seen Foiled Again get beat in the TVG FFA by the champion Sweet Lou, I know he is beatable.  I look to State Treasurer to pull off a win here.  He comes out of a win in the Gold Cup at Mohawk two weeks ago.
    • Earl Beal: The big race of the night is the Earl Beal, a prep for the Hambletonian.  Two of Darrin Zocalli’s top horses for the Hambo are in this field, Pinkman and Uncle Lasse.  Uncle Lasse has been riding in the shadow of Pinkman as a 2yo, but has really turned on the heat in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at Pocono.  Uncle Lasse, my early Hambo pick, is ready to turn the tables on Pinkman and move up in the Hambo standings.

Outside of that, you have Louisiana Legends night at Evangeline downs, which has the Louisiana Legends Sprint, capped by the basically unstoppable Heitai.  Going to be a jam packed 4th of July.  Have a great holiday and enjoy the races!

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